Product Review: Taliah Waajid: Curly Curl Gello

Hello all,

So I picked up a jar of curly gello from my local beauty supply store and I have to say that I am very pleased with my latest purchase.  This Gello is very light and smells absolutely amazing!  I have very thick, kinky hair and I used the product before doing two-strand twists for the night.  I applied the product to dry, untangled hair and made several twists then let it set overnight.  My twist out in the morning was great and not greasy at all!  I get a lot of residue from most of the products that I use.   This product left no residue on my hair.  Being that it is a “gello” I am glad that there was not a stiff, dry hold.  My hair was neat and my curls were intact.

Would I purchase this product again?  WITHOUT A DOUBT!

 

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College Graduation Attire

Almost everyday weather I am on the train to school or at work, someone asks me if I am African.  I would have loved to originate from the mother land but my parents are west indian.  I am a mix of several Caribbean islands but I would consider myself mostly Jamaican and Basian.

At times when I wear my hot pink lipstick I do see African-like features in my face and with my natural hair I favor a women of African descent.  For my second college graduation I want to wear something VERY DIFFERENT and original.

I decided to have a dress custom made for me out  of kente cloth.  I went to  The Bola International Boutique today in Harlem located at 2 West 125th street to create the perfect outfit for me.  I have a 29 inch waist and 52 inch hips so it is extremely difficult to find dresses that fit my top and bottom.  Besides, my graduation is means for a custom made outfit.

Upon arrival a gentleman let me choose my fabric from their wide variety and this was a tough decision.  There were several patterns that caught my eye and I was very indecisive and changed my mind four times but I chose fabric that I felt would stand out and make me pop.  I brought a print out of what I wanted and was measured on the spot.  He drew up a very reasonable quote for me and I was out the door feeling confident that I will reieve just what I asked for.  I am super excited to pick up my dress in a week.

Here is a look at the fabric that I chose

IMG_20140507_110411_690I can’t wait to try on the finished product.

 

Product Review: Creme of Nature Pudding Perfection Curl Enhancing Creme

Hello to all of my beautiful followers. I have been slammed with midterms and my 2 full times jobs so i apologize for not posting in quite sometime.

I ran out of my favorite curling pudding and my local beauty supply store can’t seem to get there hands on it either. I guess it’s just that good. I have been using my natural oils(coconut, olive and castor) when twisting my hair at night and i have been looking like a frizzy mess theses past couple of weeks. I didn’t know where to turn so i decided to try the creme of nature curl enhancing creme with Argan oil.

My first impression was that it smelled great. Not the fruity scent that i am used to, but more so a rich perfume.

I co washed my hair with my Tresseme conditioner that i absolutely love and stand by. Afterwards i towel dried my tresses and applied the creme to my hair then used my pick to assure that i was tangle free. I twisted my hair into several Bantu knots while wet and let it dry overnight. In the morning i untwisted and seperated each section and styled my hair with a side part.

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I was not as pleased as i usually am with my usual pudding. My hair was a bit frizzy and wasn’t as silky as it usually comes out when i twist my hair. Much better than twisting with nothing but pure oils so it did tame my hair somewhat.

My takeaway: I would purchase this product again if my usual curling pudding was out of stock. This worked in terms of defining my curls but would not be my number one choice due to the lack of luster and the frizzyness.

Remember that everyone is different and you may swear by this product but it’s just not the product for me.
Thank you for reading beautiful 🙂

Beautifully and Perfectly Made

As seen in my November Post , I was in need of a getaway. My best friend since highschool planned a last minute 15 day get away to California and the Bahamas and my prayers were answered. We had a lovely time in California and she took a picture of my standing on a mountain over looking the Hollywood Hills.
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While on our sigh-seeing tour we got a wonderful view of Los Angeles and I had a chance to appreciate nature in its purest form. The picture captured my tresses perfectly. My TWA (tiny-weenie afro) was perfectly curled and I just love this picture for the scenery as well as my do.

Hope you guys love it just as much.
Until next time =)

Happy New Year From Aysha Michelle

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Happy 2014 to all of my beautiful followers. Now is the perfect time to make a change that you have been procrastonationg on for quite some time. If you are fed up with slow hair growth and the burning sensation of a relaxer maybe now is the time make a change for the better. Keep in mind that not everyone can pull off a short do and doing the big chop cold turkey can be a scary experience. That limp hair on your head that you have been praying and hoping will grow sooner or later may need to go because of chemical damage.. NO you don’t have to rock an afro if that is the biggest of your worries. There are numerous protective styles out there to cover your kinks while you achieve a healthy scalp and flawless tressess. You don’t need REMY to magnify your beauty.

Until next time =)

Embrace Your Natural Beauty

I have officially made it through 2 weeks of rocking my natural hair in public as well as at work. I must admit that I was extremely nervous to go to work after 7 years without some sort of extensions. The paranoia was all in my head because I have not heard one negative comment nor have I seen anyone stare at me like I was a mad woman. I have been getting compliments from complete strangers and it feel absolutely amazing to have my horn tooted by people I have never seen a day in my life.

I have been wearing my hair in a Bantu knot out since I have taken out my kinky twists. I will start experimenting with different styles and show you my end results as well as relay feedback that I receive from the public. My short cut suits me well and even though I have to twist it every night before bed I would not go back to a relaxer EVER!!!!! As my hair continues to grow I worry about the time it will take to prep my hairstyles once it gets longer. I am so glad that I made this decision and had the courage to flaunt my God-given hair shamelessly.

Until next time =)

Don’t Forget Those Edges

I’m sure we have all seen women walking around with NO HAIRLINE!!!!!  No it’s not just something that happens to men as they age, we all fall as victims to a receding hairline.  This is not the best look and definitely not easy on the eyes but once the damage is done it’s not an easy process to re-grow your natural hairline.  I am happy to say that i do not fall into this category but I take mild precautions to prevent this from happening and so far its working well for me.

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How it all Started:

Some people go for hair styles that pull and tug on the hairline with styles like tight ponytails, too-tight braids, wigs and even full head weaves.  You may develop traction alopecia, which is a form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair. This commonly results from the sufferer frequently wearing his/her hair in a particularly tight ponytail, pigtails, or braids.

How to fix it:

All great things take time.  No you don’t have to resort to desperate measures like hair implantation or a Rogain kit (Yes they have them for women).  I find that all natural products work best and Jamaican Black Castor Oil works wonders, whether you want to re-grow a receding hair-line or grow thicker hair in general.  I purchased a small bottle with a tiny nozzle that I use to apply the product to my hair (one of those bottle some people use to store dye in).   I have been using it for about a year and my hair was “healthy” but I always wanted thicker hair.  Be careful what you wish for because now combing through my hair is such a challenge but I’d prefer thick healthy hair over long damaged hair any day but that’s just me.

If this isn’t the case with your hair line, its never too late to prevent this from happening to you.

 

Until Next Time =)

 

 

Since When is Sulfate a Hair No-No?

Lately I have been seeing and hearing people preach about sulfate-free shampoos.  A few years back I recall most people using what works for them based factors like moisture, texture or even fragrance.  We all have our go-to products and I was never big on reading the ingredients as long as my products worked for me.   I have used sulfate-free shampoos as well as shampoos with several types of sulfates in them.  If my opinion its the natural ingredients that make all the difference.  I LOVE it when I lather my scalp with shampoo and  get a huge pile of yummy smelling bubbles everywhere.  Fragrance is not everything and I am one of “those people” who needs a product that will moisturize and detangle. (YES I have broken my fair share of combs back in day)  I have decided to do a bit of research and see what other people think and if they actually noticed the difference.

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Upon surfing the web I have come to discover that sulfate and hair should NEVER mix.  Here are 3 good reasons laid out in black and white.

1. Like anything used in excess, sulfate can damage the hair follicles which ultimately can  lead to hair loss.

2. It may strip your hair and scalp of essential oils causing extreme dryness.

3.  For those with dyes in their hair, shampoos containing sulfate WILL strip your color faster causing you to get your hair dyed more often.

Sulfate-free shampoo’s cost a bit more but that shouldn’t sway you away from spending a few extra bucks on you.  Only you have walk around with your hair and it’s never too late to make a change.  Your hair will thank you later.

Until next time =)

Successful Bantu Knot Out!!!

Ok so my first post on my bantu knot out did not turn out good at all.  This is take 2 on the style and I did things a bit differently.

IMG-20131019-00432 (1)To achieve this style I shampooed and deep conditioned my hair (as seen in my last post) than I twisted my hair while it was still damp.  I used Jamaican Black Castor Oil to moisturize and used Beautiful Textures Curling Pudding on EVERY section.  I applied a very generous amount of product and combed out each section with a small toothed comb before twisting.  I let my bantu knots air dry over night and in the morning “VUALAH”!!!! I rubbed my hands in pure coconut oil and  untwisted each knot.  I used a tiny bit of edge control for my edges. I am so happy that my bantu knots came out flawlessly.

 

-Until Next Time =)

Detangling Made Easy

Since my big chop  find it VERY difficult to run a comb through my hair no matter how wide the teeth are.  I purchased a detangling shampoo and used my Miss Jessie’s Creme De La Creme Condtioner and I am more than satisfied.

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This is African Pride’s Shea Butter Miracle Detangling Shampoo.  I was skeptical at first because there are several shampoo’s out there that promise to detangle and I haven’t had much luck over the years whether my hair was relaxed or natural.  I shampooed my hair into a foamy lather and rinsed it out with warm water.

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*All Smiles*

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